I'm like Pete, I like to have some goals and then compare every so often. In 2015, I gained a new hobby that has successfully scratched my itch for flying, which is ace as I can sneak out for a few hours, be in the fresh air and spend time with geeks. There is also something to spend my meagre pocket money on.
There are some evenings I want to be intensely engaged in a game. Missing hours and one-more-thing. Civ V does that for me, as does City Skylines (although less so). Skyrim did too.
There are some evenings I want to build. Minecraft is good for that, although I have a pretty big rebuild of the UberStore mechanism in progress.
Then there are some evenings I like to bimble about, in the presence of others, doing stuff. Cruising. Minecraft could be good for that but more recently I've been enjoying GTA Online.
Claude is my favourite GTA character. The mute protagonist in GTA 3 made some of the dialog difficult but made him somehow loveable. I got to decide Claude's thoughts, to me his quiet resignation was a deep distrust of the people around him. Tommy Vercetti (GTA 3 VC) and Niko Bellic (GTA 4) had some personality but got progressively less interesting to play because there was less choice. You character was, well, a bit of a dick. I quite liked the gangers in GTA 3: SA but only because - as gangsters - they were shit.Everything went wrong all the time and that was enderring.
The Uberstore works well but it isn't perfect. Just recently I've had problems where one box overflows into another. It's quite annoying because resetting the system is tricky.
This chap explains the issue rather well:
He also has a solution, which means taking apart all the workings behind the scenes. I get to reuse most of the bits and I'm going to keep the layout. It's just a bit annoying.
Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind!
Here's where we last left Under Glasslake, stretching 20 blocks North of the end of the Cathedral. You've seen this pic before in the last postcards episode.
Yesterday was my best flying day so far. I managed to get through 4 batteries without running out of propellers (although I broke a load) and I managed more close proximity flying at speed than ever before. By the end of the session, I was getting pretty smooth!
Here's the video. Beggars Canyon is right at the start.
So I built a pub
EMW has built some pretty epic farms, one that delivers watermelon and the other pumpkin. I didn't like that the output just spilled over into nothingness, so I decided to build a pub where the melon was paraded in front of the people. Here it is:
Situated between the Uberstore and the Evil mansion, where I've been building recently. I rather like the roof. Here's the inside...
Some big finishings going on with this selection. We've got a remodelled Uberstore, a finished Vertical Slum (although I seem to have missed a roof) and finished Cloudship Atlantis. You can also see the new stables near the old villager-village, the "West Way" road that leads from St. Spawncras out to the bridge west of Ringwall and the current state of Under Glasslake. I've sneaked in a pick of Bacon Shack, which I am not sure I've posted before.